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For the past several weeks I've been on the lookout for a new pro-tem moderator for Linguistics. Unfortunately, I've had a bit of trouble finding an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to take part in some community building. So, I am turning to the community.

A bit about the job, and what we're looking for:

Much like the community leaders in a small town who ensure that roads get fixed, trees get planted, and trash gets removed, each Stack Exchange site needs a team of three moderators who see to it that the site is able to continue to be a productive resource.

Ideal candidates should:

  • Want the responsibility, and have at least a few hours each week to give on average
  • Be consistently patient and fair in their dealings with the community
  • Be knowledgeable enough about the topic to be able to judge the quality of posts, and identify cleverly crafted spam
  • Be ready to lead the community to help you do your jobs. Teach people how to flag properly, encourage a culture of editors and strong reviewers
  • Work directly with me and the rest of the SE community team to make sure this community is getting its needs met from us
  • Understand and embrace our theory of moderation

Are you interested? Great! Leave an answer to this question to indicate your desire to be considered, and feel free to expand on what you think is a priority for the site right now. While I will consider third-party nominations, I'd rather see nominations from folks enthused enough to step in and write something down.

I aim to have someone appointed by end of the week, so don't hesitate to jump in if you're interested.

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Given that I am studying to be a computational linguist, I'd ideally prefer someone with more apt academic credentials than myself. However, since no one else is stepping up, I volunteer.

I already:

  • Spend more than a few hours a week on Linguistics.SE.
  • am fairly knowledgeable of the topic -- some aspects of the topic, at any rate.
  • flag, and vote up, down, and to close fairly actively.
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  • thank you for stepping up. I'll be sending you a message soon to handle some next steps. – Ana Apr 17 '14 at 19:40

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